UW
Gil

SEATTLE -- University of Washington junior Amanda Gil will be forced to miss the 2011 volleyball season due to a knee injury that will require surgery. Based on a successful surgery, recovery time would be estimated at six months.

Gil was a Second Team All-American at UCLA in 2009 before transferring to Washington, where she was forced to redshirt the 2010 season due to conference transfer rules.

The nation's second-leading blocker in 2009, Gil practiced with the team last season and participated fully in spring practice this year before recently feeling pain in her left knee. The injury is diagnosed as an osteochondral fracture.

"It's a tough thing for her and it's a tough thing for the team," said Head Coach Jim McLaughlin. "She's a very good player, and it gives us a little higher level of experience with her on the floor. So unfortunately the thing we've got to do right now is we have to move on, and she's got to focus on the rehab and getting back to being one hundred percent so she can contribute at some time and play this game that she loves. I'm concerned, but we have the best doctors here and they're going to do a good job, and now she's got to put every ounce of energy into getting back fully healthy."

Surgery likely will take place within the next month.